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21 more charges filed against former Kasson cop

September 21, 2018

A former Kasson police officer is back in jail Thursday on newly filed charges out of Rice County.

Julio Baez, 51, of St. Charles, is facing 21 felony counts in Rice County District Court. He was already facing other felony charges in Olmsted and Dodge counties.

In Rice County, Baez has been charged with one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct – victim under 16 with a significant relationship, three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct – victim under 13, seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct – penetration or contact with a person under 13, and 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct – penetration – victim under 16 with a significant relationship.

The 21 charges stem from incidents alleged to have occurred in multiple municipalities in Rice County between June 20, 1999, and Nov. 2, 2004. The alleged victims were known to Baez. The Post Bulletin generally does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault.

Three women reported to police that they were allegedly sexually assaulted by Baez while they were children over a period of years in multiple counties, including in Rice County, according to court documents. The allegations include forced digital penetration and forced sexual touching, according to court documents. The women, now adults, described being locked in rooms by Baez and that he had installed surveillance cameras within residences to monitor them.

In a search warrant executed at the Baez’s most recent residence, law enforcement observed evidence of locks being installed on the outside of interior doors within the residence, according to court documents.

In Olmsted County District Court, Baez faces faces three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of second-degree criminal sexual misconduct and two counts of of third-degree sexual conduct.

In Dodge County District Court, Baez has been charged one count each of first-degree, second-degree and third-degree criminal sexual assault, all related to offenses that allegedly occurred in Dodge County.

He had been held in the Olmsted County jail since June 19 after he was released from a Rochester hospital following treatment for apparent self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

Baez had bonded out following a bail hearing on Monday and was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for the Rice County charges. He was being held on $500,000 conditional bonds in each case and $1 million unconditional bond on each case. Both the Dodge and Olmsted county cases are being prosecuted by the Olmsted County Attorney’s office to avoid conflict of interest.

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